CBSE still in snooze mode over school bus molestation case
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is yet to take action against the Stepping Stone School in the alleged molestation case of a five-year-old, when all other concerned state and local bodies have come down heavily on the school.chandigarh Updated: May 18, 2015 09:38 IST
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is yet to take action against the Stepping Stone School in the alleged molestation case of a five-year-old, when all other concerned state and local bodies have come down heavily on the school.
Even in such a highly sensitive case, the CBSE continues to stay on the back foot, not initiating any probe into the matter though verbal claims were made earlier by local CBSE officials to seek clarification from the school through a letter.
Meanwhile, judging the sensitivity of the matter and acting quickly, Child Rights Commission on Saturday submitted its enquiry report to the police in which the commission recommended lodging an FIR against the administrator of the school along with the transporter under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.
Moreover, a two-member committee constituted by the UT education department to probe the matter also submitted its report to the director of public instructions (schools), Kamlesh Kumar blaming the principal and the transporter for negligence.
Officials from the UT education department have also slammed the national body (CBSE) for taking no action yet against the school. According to them, the board should have taken some action after conducting a quick probe in the matter.
“It is quite strange that no team from the local CBSE regional office has visited the school yet. The school has been affiliated by the board and hence it should have pitched in quickly, which they have failed to do. It is a very sensitive matter and thus any kind of delay in these matters can be really dangerous later,” stated a senior officer.
Another senior official said that CBSE is usually quick in issuing circulars or guidelines for the schools on its website in case of some devastation or damage to the schools or the students but this time board has acted as a silent observer so far.
CBSE does not have any provision to deal with the molestation or sexual harassment cases in its affiliation by-laws which could be one of the reasons for the delay in the action from the body according to sources in the board.
“CBSE has a long list of bylaws related to the schools and it has also mentioned the penalties in case of any violation, but unfortunately, the board has not framed any guideline to be followed in such sensitive cases,” said a source.
UT education secretary Sarvjit Singh has called up a meeting with schools and bus operators associations on Monday. He claimed that a policy on the issue would be framed by Monday providing a standard operating procedure for schools and fixing their responsibility in accordance with the guidelines set by the apex court.
Inspector general of police, UT, RP Upadhyaya is yet to receive a copy of the report submitted by the Child Rights Commission to the police on Saturday. He claimed that appropriate action would be initiated after going through the recommendations made by the commissions.
“We would check the school violations as per the POCSO Act and take the action accordingly. I would go through the complaint in my office on Monday as I have not received it yet,” said IGP.